Employment law changes April 2016: an eight-point checklist

Every April, new legislation affecting employment rights and responsibilities is introduced. This year, the development receiving the most attention is the introduction of the national living wage. But are you aware of other important employment law changes on their way?

Workers aged 25 and over will be entitled to the national living wage rate of £7.20 per hour from the first pay reference period beginning on or after 1 April 2016.

1. The national living wage is introduced

The national living wage is a new top rate of the national minimum wage.

Employers should check, in particular, that employees’ pay is not brought below the new rate by salary-sacrifice arrangements.

2. Penalties for non-payment of the national minimum wage are increased

The penalty for employers found not to have paid the national minimum wage doubles from 1 April 2016. The enforcement regime is the same for non-payment of the national living wage.

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